Whaling Museum Gets Grant to Restore 1,275-Foot Painting

Detail of the panorama.  Purrington & Russell show the island steamer Massachusetts towing the ship Niger past Clark’s Point lighthouse and into New Bedford harbor in 1847.
Detail of the panorama. Purrington & Russell show the island steamer Massachusetts towing the ship Niger past Clark’s Point lighthouse and into New Bedford harbor in 1847.
(New Bedford Whaling Museum)

It's a quarter-mile long - a fitting size for a painting of sea-faring ventures - and now this rare panoramic artwork will return to its former glory. From the Patriot Ledger:

The New Bedford Whaling Museum [Mass.] has been awarded $180,000 to restore one of its largest and rarest artifacts, the Purrington-Russell "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World."

The panorama, which is 1,275 feet long and 8½ feet wide, was created by Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington in 1848. Produced in the heyday of the American whaling industry, it is the world’s largest image of a whaling voyage.

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